Conn. School Shooting Reveals Need for God in America

Connecticut School Shooting
Families leave the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department near the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14. (Reuters/Michelle McLoughlin)

Today’s elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. is a terrible tragedy and my condolences and prayers are for all those that were impacted by the terrible events that took place today. The utmost disrespect was shown for human life today.

Some have used the day’s tragedy to promote conversations about gun control and other political agendas, but these emphases miss the heart of the issue.

As our nation mourns the loss of precious, innocent children and the staff members who were responsible for guiding and teaching them, we must consider the true source of the problem, which is not guns--it’s morality. We must return to the source of absolute truth--God and His Word--and recognize that abolishing of these Biblical principles from our society leaves the opportunity for pure evil to take root and the result can be what we saw today: the worst school massacre in our nation’s history.

The sixth commandment is clear: You shall not murder. And yet, there are so many today who don’t know the commandment, don’t know why it is wrong, and don’t know that God’s truth is absolute--there is no justification for breaking it. We must return these laws and principles, as well as discussion of them, to our homes and dinner tables, our schools, and our public squares. By teaching God’s morality, we will raise up a generation in which fear of the Lord will help to prevent tragedies like the one experienced in Connecticut today.

Dr. Alex McFarland is an author, speaker, and Director for Christian Worldview and Apologetics at the Christian Worldview Center of North Greenville University in Greenville, S.C. and founder of Project 2026, a 15-year initiative to return Biblical principles to American society.

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